Anyone who spent time in New York's Greenwich Village in the early 1950s will attest to the accuracy of this wonderful, nostalgic look at that era. It's essentially Mazursky's own story, and he manages to capture the time and the people with a loving touch. Baker is the young man who
graduates from Brooklyn College in 1953 and makes the decision to leave his family, Kellin and Winters, and switch boroughs to Manhattan. Winters, the ultimate Jewish mother, is totally against it, but he leaves anyway and takes up residence in the Village, where he takes a job at a health food
place, then starts his acting lessons with Egan, a proponent of the "Method." He is soon par...